IBM pushes silicon photonics with on-chip optics (page 2)

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com Your Universe Online Today, IBM will announce a new process by which they can create a new computer chip with additional optical power. By combining optical links to the standard 90-nanometer chip-making procedure, IBM says they can create a chip capable of transferring data at a remarkable 25 gigabits per second, according to CNET's Stephen Shankland. The notion of combining these two technologies on one chip certainly isn't new. IBM's announcement is significant in that they've been able to do it using standard equipment and a standard process. The company also says they first plan to use these chips in data centers, multiple servers which are linked together, and supercomputers. In addition to making an ultra-fast chip, one expert told the BBC these chips will also be cheaper to make, according to Leo Kelion of BBC News. IBM will also explain these changes today at the 2012 International Electron Devices Meeting taking place in San Francisco. This new chip gets most

IBM pushes silicon photonics with on-chip optics

Big Blue researchers have figured out how to use standard manufacturing processes to make chips with built-in optical links that can transfer 25 gigabits of data per second. [Read more]

Mon 10 Dec 12 from CNET

IBM chip aims to speed up apps

IBM unveils a new chip that should make it cheaper for internet computer servers to handle large amounts of data at speed.

Sun 9 Dec 12 from BBC Technology

Transmitting data by light could solve bandwidth limitations

IBM has announced a development in the ability to use light instead of electrical signals to transmit information, an advance likely to solve bandwidth limitations of servers and datacentres.

Mon 10 Dec 12 from The Engineer

Silicon Nanophotonics Allows Integration of Optical Components with Electrical Circuits on a Single Chip

IBM announced today a major advance in the ability to use light instead of electrical signals to transmit information for future computing. The breakthrough technology – called "silicon...

Tue 11 Dec 12 from AZoNano

IBM's silicon nanophotonics chip ready to move from lab to fab

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Mon 10 Dec 12 from R&D Mag

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